Scientists Test Nano-bots To Travel Inside The Human Body
Scenes from the film Innerspace. Right; Nanotechnology being used in the medical field.
Hauppauge, NY, Sept 15th, 2015
Get ready for your mission with Vector Scope, Dennis Quaid, because the future is now! In the 1987 film, Innerspace, a miniaturized vessel is injected into a man after a botched scientific experiment… Fast forward to the year 2015, and, it’s a real life ‘Fantastic Voyage’ with microscopic robotics. These self-propelled micro-robots are inspired by the E.coli bacteria’s tail, or, flagellum. This rotating tail acts as a rotary engine, and, is responsible for the bacteria’s motility. The robots can either be powered by an external magnetic field in order to swim through the body, or, they can be coated with zinc which reacts with the hydrochloric acid in the stomach creating bubbles of hydrogen that propel the nanobots forward. The University of California has successfully deployed a nanoparticle into the stomach of a live mouse where it stayed for 12 hours, the research was published in the journal ACS Nano. Google X is creating nanoparticles to go inside the body to detect cancerous cells which would be ingested in pill form, and, would then send data back to a sensor on a wristband.
Vision of nanotechnology in 1966’s Fantastic Voyage
Though we will not be sending shrunken humans into the human body on special missions tomorrow, we are making significant advances in the world of nanotechnology. Check out our Line Card to see what manufacturers we stock today that are making breakthroughs in nanoscale technologies, such as; Samsung, Agilent, Matrix Semiconductor, Keystone, and Hewlett-Packard among many more!